The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has revealed that there is a possibility of shifting the date of the scheduled UTME examination further.
The UTME examination which is presently scheduled to hold between June 5 and June 19 might witness a shift as the Registrar explains that at least 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate in the examination has been unable to complete their registration.
Speaking during a virtual meeting with 2021 UTME committee members on Friday, he revealed that 1.1 million candidates have so far registered for the 2021 UTME, and the board anticipated approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.
Professor Oloyede noted that although 50 percent of the candidates have registered successfully, there is a need to carry everyone along, including those that have not registered due to one or two difficulties.
He said: “This is because about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity.
“The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high, but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders,” he explained.
Speaking on some of the challenges faced by applicants, Professor Oloyede appealed to applicants on the inclusion of some regulations including the mandatory National Identification Number (NIN) requirement.
He said: “We apologise for putting you through some hardship in the registration. The government directed that anyone participating in JAMB must have their NIN. This is beyond our control. Those who are yet to register should do so.
“The MOCK exam is bill to come up on Thursday. It is an exam meant to test out capability. As you all know, the main exam is coming up on June 5 and 19, 2021,” he told the meeting.
The JAMB Boss however said that the issue of whether the exam will be postponed or not will be discussed at the meeting.
He said: “We are meeting with stakeholders today to discuss the issues and on whether we will shift the exam date forward or not. We will brief the media on the outcome of the meeting tomorrow.
“Shifting the exam date is not the solution; at the meeting, we will discuss how some of the problems encountered by candidates would be resolved. It is important that we carry everyone along.”